Humans of Qualtrics: Patricia
MosaiQ is sharing stories of its members throughout September and October for National Hispanic Heritage Month with the Humans of Qualtrics project. Introducing Patricia.
Both of my parents immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico, making me a first-generation Mexican–American. My parents both come from very large families. Everyone who immigrated settled around Chicago; so, growing up I was always surrounded by family and food.
In our bi-lingual household, there were three generations: my grandmother, parents, and my siblings. I am the youngest of four, with two sisters, my brother and then me. Between my brother and myself, there is a ten-year age difference, making me my parents' “oops” child and they aren’t afraid to admit it!
As much as my parents worked at assimilating in the US, our heritage always crept in, particularly on holidays. A perfect example is Thanksgiving. Although it’s not a traditional Mexican holiday, it is the holiday we look forward to the most! My family has taken the traditional American Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and corn and blended it with our family Mexican recipes that have been handed down. We marinate our turkey in a barbacoa marinade. We always have two versions of corn - one with just butter and Mexican street-style of Esquite. The dinner table is always full of loud Spanglish conversations.
Looking back at it now, I am so glad family was always around to ensure we stayed connected to our Mexican heritage. Even in my career at Qualtrics, I have been able to bring my heritage to the workplace, from making flan for the baking club to working with our Latin America clients and partners and communicating with them in Spanish.
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|Patricia is an alumnus of Bradley University and started her career at Accenture.|